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Where consumers spend their money online - video games grew 60% in one year

Product CategoryGrowth, YTYTotal Retail Category (Excludes Travel)6%Video Games, Consoles & Accessories60%Furniture, Appliances & Equipment52%Sport & Fitness40%Event Tickets18%Flowers, Greetings & Misc. Gifts14%Home & Garden6%Consumer Electronics (excluding PC Peripherals)1%Computers, Peripherals & PDAs0%Apparel & Accessories-2%Toys & Hobbies-3%Jewelry & Watches-11%Music, Movies & Videos-29%Source: comScore

November 21, 2008

Build a low-power x86 appliance for under $200!

Not so long ago, pre-built appliances were relatively expensive and very low performance. Small footprint Cases and Motherboards actually cost more than full size tower PCs. Commodity full size desktop PC parts were fast and cheap, but they used too much power and generated too much heat. That's all recently changed with the inexpensive Via C3 motherboards with integrated 800 MHz CPU, Video, LAN, and Sound costing well below $70. To help you build your own sub-200 dollar appliance, here are three appliance packages I've put together for you

July 19, 2006 by

Staples joins PC trade-in trend

Touting its concern for the environment, office supplies specialist Staples will be running a computer trade-in program on Sunday and Monday. Consumers who bring in an old PC will get $100 off the purchase price of a new computer with a Pentium 4 processor, or for those not in the market for a computer, $20 off any purchase totaling $100 or more. The old computers will meet one of several fates: Staples will donate them to the educational sector, recycle the parts, or see to it that the systems are properly disposed of. PC makers such as Dell Computer and Hewlett-Packard have been offering similar, year-round trade-in programs for a number of months. Electronics retailer Best Buy, meanwhile, has hosted drop-off events for people looking to get rid of old computers and appliances. In both cases, consumers had to pay a modest fee up to $35. --John Spooner, Special to ZDNet News

February 15, 2002 by

Server appliances that mean business

A few years ago, companies had to construct Web, FTP, file and print andemail server services from scratch, a costly and time-consuming processfor small businesses. Today, server appliances are a growing market withall of these and other features in one convenient box, usually about thesize of a small desktop PC, for a fraction of the former cost.

February 13, 2001 by

Compaq to begin selling Intel's server appliances

Compaq Computer called in backup units Monday to boost its developing server appliance business.The Houston PC maker will begin reselling Intel's NetStructure line of server appliances this week, with an eye on jointly developing new server appliances, special-purpose servers designed to be cheaper or easier to use than their general-purpose brethren.

January 29, 2001 by

Compaq to begin selling Intel's server appliances

Compaq Computer called in backup units Monday to boost its developing server appliance business.The Houston PC maker will begin reselling Intel's NetStructure line of server appliances this week, with an eye on jointly developing new server appliances, special-purpose servers designed to be cheaper or easier to use than their general-purpose brethren.

January 28, 2001 by

Intel moving outside PCs

Intel Corp. is hoping to exploit its name recognition with a broader push into consumer products, which will include Internet "appliances" and digital-audio players as well as wireless keyboards, PC cameras and microscopes already on the market.

January 1, 2001 by

PC heavyweights bet on Net apps

Compaq, Dell, Gateway, eMachines and Microsoft, whose bread and butter have been PCs, are preparing to turn to Internet appliances for the coming era, when the PC is no longer their No. 1 source of revenue.

August 20, 2000 by

iPaq gives Net appliance market a boost

Compaq's iPaq is one of the first Internet appliances to hit the market from a major PC manufacturer. Analysts believe that with its brand, production capabilities and distribution channels Compaq will not only help itself but help to lift the Internet appliance market.

August 14, 2000 by

Gates's Vision For Shareholders

In his annual letter to shareholders, Gates described a PC-Plus world - one that many consumers would probably recognize as Internet-centric. "The PC will undoubtedly remain at the heart of computing at home, work and school, but it will be joined by numerous new intelligent devices and appliances, from handheld computers and auto PCs to Internet-enabled cellular phones," Gates wrote.

July 28, 2000 by

Net apps make a splash at Demo 2000

While plenty of the Web-based wares at this week's Demo 2000 trade show are aimed at providing new services and back-end support to the installed base of PC owners, a number of new Internet appliances and supporting software are adding to the gee-whiz factor. Leading the Internet-appliance charge, Be Inc.

February 8, 2000 by

Internet appliances to star at CES

Next week's Consumer Electronics Show will be packed with its usualnumber of cool gadgets -- but Internet appliances might stealthe show. Also, AMD (NYSE: AMD) is expected toannounce its 800MHz Athlon processor, giving the desktop PC a shot in thearm.

December 27, 2000 by

US Report: Ellison says Gates is a 'liar'

Oracle chairman Larry Ellison accused Bill Gates of "lying" about Microsoft's record of innovation and went back on the warpath against the PC, saying it will be outnumbered by network appliances in a few years.

May 27, 1998 by

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